08/03/2006 11:00PM

Breeders' Cup goal for X Star

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Trainer Steve Klesaris is trying to choose spots for two talented 3-year-old colts in his barn, Master of Disaster (above) and Diabolical.

One start was all trainer Larry Jones needed to see from X Star before making ambitious plans for the 2-year-old filly.

After watching X Star cruise to a 6 3/4-length victory over eight maiden rivals at Delaware Park on July 15, earning an 82 Beyer Speed Figure, Jones is already talking about taking her to Kentucky for this fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

"We always felt like she was a nice filly, and it is good to see her do it on the track in the afternoon," Jones said. "Our ultimate goal is the Breeders' Cup, so it is a matter of planning a road map to Churchill Downs."

Jones said that X Star will ship to Saratoga for either the Grade 3, 6 1/2-furlong Adirondack Breeders' Cup on Aug. 13 or the Grade 1, seven-furlong Spinaway Stakes on Sept. 3.

There is good evidence in X Star's bloodlines that she could be an above-average runner. Her dam, Lady Lochinar, also produced Master Command, a foal of 2002. Master Command, a half-brother to X Star, has won four of nine starts, including the Grade 3 William D. Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico this spring.

Jones also has out-of-town stakes plans for another of his Delaware-based fillies.

Gasia, most recently third in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, will likely make her next start in Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 13.

The long-term goal for Gasia is the Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 7.

Gasia has won five of 10 starts, including the $175,000 Susan's Girl at Delaware on June 17. The filly who finished second that day, Wonder Lady Anne L, came back to win the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks last month.

Nothing definite for Klesaris colts

Master of Disaster appears ready to move on to bigger challenges after winning a $54,000 overnight stakes at Delaware on July 29.

Setting swift fractions of 22.05 and 44.68 seconds, the 3-year-old Master of Disaster scored by a half-length while covering six furlongs in 1:09.62. He was awarded a 96 Beyer, 1 point higher than his previous start, a win over older optional claimers.

It was also his third victory in four starts following a six-month layoff.

"Since his comeback, it has been challenging getting him back to the top of his game, but we think he is just about there," trainer Steve Klesaris said. "We are not sure where we will go with him next. We have a couple of spots in mind, but nothing solid."

One possibility, if Klesaris wants to ambitiously spot Master of Disaster relatively soon, is the $250,000 King's Bishop at Saratoga. The Grade 1, seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds will be run on Aug. 26.

Klesaris also said he's uncertain where, or on which surface, he wants to run one of his other nice 3-year-olds, Diabolical.

The versatile Diabolical scored by 4 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track last time out in a $54,000 overnight stakes at Delaware on July 22. Previously, he won a one-mile turf allowance by three-quarters of a length at Monmouth Park on June 29, and a one-mile allowance on the main track at Delaware by 8 1/4 lengths.

"Since he has proven himself on all surfaces, we have a lot of options," Klesaris said, "so we are going to nominate him in some different spots and then go from there."